Hubert Davis in the top 10 coaches for 2022-23?
247Sports ranks UNC basketball head coach Hubert Davis above Duke’s Jon Scheyer.
It’s been just over a year since Hall of Fame head coach and college basketball stalwart Roy Williams unexpectedly retired and stepped away from the sidelines, leaving the basketball program -ball from North Carolina in search of a new leading man for the first time in nearly two decades. .
They found Williams’ replacement on those same sidelines, as nine-year-old assistant coach Hubert Davis was chosen to step in and take the reins from three-time national title-winning Williams. Those are big shoes to fill, but the former UNC sniper and ESPN analyst had the full backing of the school and Williams. In fact, it was Williams who named Davis as his preferred successor, having groomed him for the job by involving him heavily in the coaching and recruiting aspects of the game throughout their time together at Chapel Hill.
The folks at 247Sports also appear to have been bought by Davis after a magical playoff run that saw the Tar Heels go from NCAA Tournament bubble team to National Championship game participant. Add to that the fact that Davis was the top prospect for the Class of 2023, and what’s not to love about a coach who both played and coached in North Carolina — and spent 12 years in the NBA – before moving to the big headquarters in Chapel Hill?
Davis comes in at No. 9 on this year’s list, one spot above Duke freshman head coach Jon Scheyer, who has perhaps the biggest shoes to fill in the game’s history after the retirement of Mike Krzyzewski.
“It’s a big swing, but we’re buying high on Hubert Davis,” Isaac Trotter of 247Sports writes. “Step in for an all-time player like Roy Williams is no easy task, but Davis has steady the ship for North Carolina. He never sank too low when the Tar Heels fought. Davis has then engineered one of the all-time late-season resurgences, guiding North Carolina to the national championship game as the No. 8 seed. Davis had Kansas down a 15-point hole at mid -time and was 20 minutes away from winning it all in the first year before the Jayhawks came to life in the second half.
But we don’t think Year 1 was a fluke for Davis. His guys absolutely adore him. He has the perfect temperament for the ever-changing college game. Davis has helped North Carolina recruit at a very high level, so it’s clear that the next college basketball players buy into his mission. Davis could skyrocket in this list if North Carolina takes it back in 2022-23. »
There’s no doubt that Davis steered UNC’s basketball program in the right direction, bringing back every major player from a season ago and securing commitments from several five-star high school players during his first round of recruitment. If he backs up her 29-win Final Four season with something similar in 2022-23, Davis could edge closer to the top of this list when she comes out a year from now.
When the Tar Heels take to the field this fall, they’ll start the season as a top-5 team and a prohibitive favorite to cut the nets in Houston — where they narrowly missed out on the national championship seven years prior.